If stress becomes too much for you and you feel as though you have exhausted all other means of managing it, you may want to seek professional help. Do not feel ashamed or afraid to seek professional help. Your doctor or therapist can work with you to find the right treatment for your situation.
Consult a professional immediately if you experience any of the following:
- Health-related effects of stress
- A hopeless feeling that stress will never go away
- Increased or decreased appetite
- Trouble sleeping
- Desperation that you feel can cause you to harm yourself or make rash decisions
- Hearing voices that are not there
- A feeling that life is not worth living
THERAPY FOR STRESS
If stress is affecting you emotionally and psychologically, you may want to pursue psychotherapy or therapy. A professional psychotherapist can assist you in working through your problems and refer you to a psychiatrist if it is believed you would benefit from medication (since therapists cannot prescribe medications).
In dealing with stress, one very common form of therapy is called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). This is based on the belief that our thoughts dictate our feelings and behavior and that changing the way we think and view situations can affect the ways we act and feel. Unlike psychoanalysis, which can take years, cognitive behavioral therapy runs about 16 sessions on average, so often the end is in sight even from the very beginning. The therapist's role is to listen, teach and encourage you to achieve your goals.
MEDICATION FOR STRESS
If your therapist refers you to a psychiatrist, you may be put on some form of medication. The most common types are:
- Antianxiety drugs
- Beta blockers
Benefits of Stress-Related Medications
- Beta blockers block physical symptoms of anxiety without affecting mental function
- Combined with therapy, can be the best remedy for severe stress
- Used for a limited amount of time, can help get you through a rough patch of stress
Drawbacks of Stress-Related Medications
- Can make you jittery
- Can cause difficulties sleeping
- Can change sex drive in women
- Can cause drowsiness
- Can lead to dependency
DISCLAIMER: Serenity Tea Sips™ has provided this material as a source of information only. It is not intended to substitute for the medical expertise and advice of your primary health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any decisions about treatment or care with your health care provider.